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1. shy

verb. ['ˈʃaɪ'] start suddenly, as from fright.

Synonyms

  • start
  • jump

Antonyms

  • uncertain
  • unsure
  • diffident

Etymology

  • shy (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • sceoh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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How do you pronounce shy?

Pronounce shy as ʃaɪ.

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Example sentences of the word shy


1. Adjective
Rock shrimps tend to be shy and nervous unless they have many places to hide.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Car leases have a reputation for being just one step shy of immortal.

3. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Many students shy away from using semicolons because they don't know how to use them correctly.

4. Verb, base form
Don't let their different consistency make you shy away from using them, though.

5. Verb, past participle
A full arrangement is nicer than a sparsely created one, so don't be shy with the flowers.

Quotes containing the word shy


1. Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it... Success is shy - it won't come out while you're watching.
- Tennessee Williams

2. But Hopes are Shy Birds flying at a great distance seldom reached by the best of Guns.
- John James Audubon

3. I was born in 1949, and by the time I was 10, I figured out that my hope chest was not aimed in the same direction everybody else's was. And that life was going to be very, very complicated. And that I could either be provocative and declamatory, or shy, retiring and scared.
- Dorothy Allison

2. work-shy

adjective. disinclined to work or exertion.

Synonyms

  • indolent
  • slothful
  • lazy
  • idle
  • faineant

Antonyms

  • valuable
  • useful
  • active
  • fast

3. shy

noun. ['ˈʃaɪ'] a quick throw.

Antonyms

  • certain

Etymology

  • shy (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • sceoh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

4. shy

adjective. ['ˈʃaɪ'] lacking self-confidence.

Synonyms

  • unsure
  • diffident
  • confidence

Antonyms

  • diffidence
  • forward
  • brave
  • boldness

Etymology

  • shy (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • sceoh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

5. shy

adjective. ['ˈʃaɪ'] wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things.

Antonyms

  • adventurous

Etymology

  • shy (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • sceoh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

6. shy

verb. ['ˈʃaɪ'] throw quickly.

Antonyms

  • uncertainty

Etymology

  • shy (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • sceoh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

7. shy

adjective. ['ˈʃaɪ'] short.

Synonyms

  • deficient

Antonyms

  • unafraid
  • bold

Etymology

  • shy (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • sceoh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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